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How to style a modern bookcase for a cosy reading nook

Having your own reading nook can sound dreamy if you're a book lover. So here’s how to style a modern bookcase for a cosy reading space.

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If unwinding with a good book is your thing, you’ve probably long dreamt of having your very own cosy reading nook. It can be so much more than just somewhere to sit and read: it's a place where you can create memories, relax after a long day or just get lost in the stories within those pages. In this post, we’re going to share some tips on how to style your own modern bookcase into an inviting reading space.

Start with your furniture

A modern bookcase is of course a great way to store books, but it's also an excellent piece of furniture that could be used to create a dedicated spot for reading in your home. Bookcases are perfect for displaying other items as well so, among your books, you could place photo frames or decorative objects to make the space feel extra special.

If you have the space and budget for two large-scale bookcases (or more), consider placing them opposite each other with enough room between them for a DIY seat or a freestanding comfy hair. We love this cosy seat from Daals – it perfectly checks off cosiness and the 2023 trend for natural materials in the home.

Selecting the right furniture for your reading nook© daals

Add in some texture and colour

The next step is to add in some colour and texture. For this, I recommend choosing a rug in a calming colour with a soft texture to really turn up the comfort. Browse Benuta for some soft-touch rug ideas for crafting your reading nook. Next, select a blanket or throw – nothing says cosy like swaddling yourself in soft fabrics. Explore Vogue’s run-down of the cosiest blankets to help you choose yours. If you’re still not satisfied with your level of comfort, top things off with some beautiful cushions from Liberty London.

Adding texture and colours to your reading nook

Choose calming accessories

While not strictly accessories, house plants do decorate whichever space you put them in. There’s also plenty of evidence to suggest that they work wonders for improving air quality, enhancing feelings of tranquility and encouraging calm. Whether you’ve got a tiny slot in your bookcase for a small succulent or available floor space for a flourishing Swiss cheese plant, they’ll add a pop of colour to the area and complement the relaxed atmosphere.

House plants to decorate your modern bookcase

Think about lighting

When it comes to lighting, the options are endless. You can use a lamp or overhead light--but make sure the latter isn't too bright so it disrupt your sense of serenity! If you opt for a lamp, it's best if you have a dimmer switch so that you can adjust the lighting level depending on what kind of mood you're in. We also love introducing candles to the area for their calming effect and the range of enchanting scents you can choose.

Lighting for reading

So there you have it, a few tips on how to style your own modern bookcase. Visit our portfolio for even more home inspiration.

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